First Look: Sharlto Copley in Neill Blomkamp's District 9
Although we still have yet to see a trailer, Sony has released a first look photo from Neill Blomkamp's District 9 in the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly (via SlashFilm). We were only just shown the first glimpse of footage from Blomkamp's alien film at ShoWest a few weeks ago, so it's still a big secret. Seen in the photo below is the character Wikus (Sharlto Copley), a Multi-National United agent who becomes infected by alien biotechnology. He must go on the run from the oppressive government into District 9, a internment camp where "non-humans" have been forced to live since landing on Earth nearly 30 years ago.
An extraterrestrial race forced to live in slum-like conditions in Johannesburg, South Africa suddenly find a kindred spirit in a government agent that is exposed to their mysterious biotechnology.
District 9 is both written and directed by first-timer Neill Blomkamp, a South African filmmaker who previously directed the awesome Halo: Arms Race shorts. The screenplay was co-written by Blomkamp and writing partner Terri Tatchell. This project is based on Blomkamp's short film Alive in Joburg, which can be seen online here. Sony will be bringing District 9 to theaters everywhere on August 14th this summer.
To find out more on the viral for District 9, head over to our comprehensive introduction article.